On Friday November 4, 2016, Hip-Hop artist Olmeca will be having a concert in Upper Marshall Hall at 8pm. Doors open at 7:30. The event is free with your Puget Sound ID.
Olmeca is a Hip-Hop artist/scholar/activist. His work has been featured on CNN Latino, ABC, Fox, NPR, URB Magazine, and television series, “Sons of Anarchy.” He has collaborated with Grammy winners including Taboo of Black Eyed Peas, Ozomatli, Maldita Vecindad and shared the stage with KRS-One, Jenni Rivera, Dilated Peoples, Julieta Venegas, among others. He is one of very few artists that can coexist in various genres without compromising artistry or conviction.
Olmeca’s unique talent in both English and Spanish is one that he has brilliantly mastered. A veteran of the L.A. hip-hop scene, Olmeca helped spawn a new trend of bilingual music that celebrates the Latin American diaspora in the United States. While everyday people respect Olmeca’s lyrical content, activists are drawn by his analytical intensity, hip-hop heads appreciate the edgy delivery, music connoisseurs value the production, and educators utilize Olmeca’s music in their classrooms to provide a counter narrative.
His unique experiences and work outside of the stage have been an example for motivation and reflection. Olmeca graduated from CSULA with a degree in Philosophy (Ethics and Politics). He has a long history in the immigrant rights movement supporting local groups throughout the U.S. and helping national campaigns to stop deportations. His work around community consciousness focusing on U.S. Latinx identity has been a point of reflection for many universities, and organizing spaces. He has also worked with an international network to support Indigenous Rights and Culture in Mexico focusing on the preservation of traditions and autonomy. He has been a keynote speaker in universities and conferences throughout the U.S. Canada and London and has presented alongside Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine, civil rights dignitary Dolores Huerta, as well as, notable journalist Naomi Klein.
“When he takes the mic, he carries a baton handed off in the proudest tradition of Woodie Guthrie, Gil Scott Heron and John Coltrane, and he answers Paolo Freire’s call for praxis: ‘reflection and action upon the world in order to transform it.’” -National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON)